THE family of a Solihull couple who died within a week of each other have paid tribute to a pair noted for their love, kindness and sense of humour.
Valerie Timmins, who was 72, sadly died after a short illness on July 17 followed by her husband Cyril, 75, on July 24.
He had been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos, in April this year.
Parents to four and grandparents to nine, the couple had lived in Blossomfield Road since 1973.
Cyril, a gifted chemical engineer, worked at British Gas before setting up his own business Carbon Capture Concepts Processing while Valerie was a much respected home economics and needlework teacher at Light Hall School in Shirley for over 20 years.
Daughter Jacqui Timmins said: “The family have appeared in the local press over the years.
“In the 1980s, my father rescued a pregnant neighbour from a house fire. It was a chip pan fire and she had run upstairs to her bedroom, panicking and calling for help.
“Our dad went and fetched a ladder and got her out and the Solihull News published an article about him.
“And in the early 90s, the Solihull News did a feature on my brother who went off to the Medical Corps in the Gulf where he met his wife Julie.
“There’s a lot to say about mum who arranged many extra-curricular activities at Light Hall.
“She made all of the costumes for shows such as Oliver, The Boyfriend and My Fair Lady and was well loved by pupils and her colleagues.”